Our First Anniversary!

I’d like to start by wishing WordPress and myself a happy one year anniversary!

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I logged on today to write a post about how it’s going to be a ‘new uni session, new blogging me’ type year and believe it or not, that notification actually inspired me to try harder.

So here we go:

First things first, this is my 3rd year of uni, second year in this course and I did come into this session as excited for my classes as when I began. Yes, I am a loser, I am aware of that #JustBCMThings. But there are a few things I know that I am going to have to work on this session.

    1. This morning on my first morning walking to my tutorial I saw what I assume was a first year walking to class wearing booty shorts and high heels. I am not here to judge but please, first years, relax. This session I will not make a disgusted face when I see that at 8:30am again. People will be people, I wear jeans and a shirt, she wears high heals, It is not my concern. But also:

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    2. When I come to the library to do my reading report. I should do my reading report, not procrastinate by writing a blog post whilst watching Married at First Sight.

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    3. I have said it 4 times now but 5th time’s a charm, I WILL attend my lectures. For once I have no reason to skip my lectures. They fit in with my timetable perfectly, this is my year! I can do it (ignoring the one lecture that I have already skipped on Monday, oops).
    4. And lastly, this session I am going to enter group projects with a positive view. Yes, in the past, they have had their negative points but if I can be more positive, it will make the whole experience more pleasant for everyone. No one likes it but we all have to do it so we may as well try to make the best of every situation!

So there are my goals, I guess we’ll soon find out if I can follow them or not. Stay tuned for new blog posts as often as I can be bothered to do them.

Good luck with the new session everyone! May we all at least pass our subjects.

 

 

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Hollywood or Nollywood?

Hollywood is full of technology to make advanced films; they have the ability to create almost any situation they want to portray on camera. This means that their films can have things like superpowers, stunts and CGI technology. But what happens when a film industry does not have this ability?

Welcome to Nollywood. Nollywood is Nigeria’s film industry. Here are a few facts about it:

  • 1 million people are employed by Nollywood – this includes actors, producers, directors and cameramen etc.
  • as of 2014, Nollywood was worth $5.1million.
  • It also contributes over $600 million for the Nigerian economy yearly.
  • It is the second largest movie producer after Bollywood, producing and releasing around 50 movies per week.

Nollywoods style is different to a lot of other film industries. It is more theatrical and is not projected at cinemas, instead made directly to video, mostly sold at markets. Whilst using traditional Nigerian actors/actresses, it draws on ideas from popular culture around the world, especially that of Hollywood.

Throughout the Nollywood film collection, one will see films that have recognisable characters. Not to get me wrong, Nollywood is not making fun of popular American culture but it often shows a very satire genre of acting when conveying these actors or storylines. View “16 Nollywood Movies That Have Absolutely No Chill“.

Moving onto another genre, let’s talk K-Pop. We all know this gem:

K-pop is Korean Popular Music and has global popularity with TV programmes dedicated to their music. It is most popular due to their high income levels and their high production values (lecture slide 13, week 4). The music is of high energy as well as the videos that accompany them. Here are a few K-pop facts:

  • Songs typically consist of one or a mixture of pop, rock, hip hop, R&B and electronic music genres. (fact 3)
  • K-pop is characterized by a mixture of Western sounds with an Asian aspect of performance. It has been remarked that there is a “vision of modernization” inherent in Korean pop culture. (fact 7)
  • Groups usually have a leader, and the youngest group member is called the maknae. (fact 41).
  • There are more facts here.

South Korean film and music generally tries to stay away from Japan and China, trying to spread their culture abroad and stay away from cultural domination of Japan and China. One of their well known popstars, Rain, is internationally recognised due to being cast in the film Speed Racer (2008), bringing more international views to Koreas music, tv and movie industry.

Nollywood and Korean entertainment is so recognised around the globe now which shows how much they are developing. The fact that they have evolved so much subconsciously really shows that they are understanding their audience and widening their creative horizons in a way which is drawing in the rest of the world.

 

 

 

 

 

The Difference in Education.

When I was younger, my sister went on exchange to France. I didn’t quite understand back then how big that was being a 10 year old but I do remember how fascinated I was when I got to Skype with her. I loved staying up past my bed time to have that short chat with her in the middle of her day, hearing about how the school system worked and how she only had to go for 4 days instead of 5. I had only dreamed of such amazing things.

Fast forward to being in University and I’m suddenly so much more aware of all of the exchange students studying in Australia. Last year I lived with some international students and again, discussing the difference in our education systems astounded me. I learnt where their high levels of motivation came from in comparison with the Australian more laid back style.

I found when speaking to these international students, it doesn’t matter when we are from we all are ethnocentric. This means, we all have the attitude that our own ethnic group is superior; this is evident in the way they discuss their education systems. I also found though, that I am parochial; meaning that I am restricted to the borders that I am within. I have never been educated outside of Australia and so my range of knowledge is confined the the Australian system.

Sheffield SU explains in the below how in a way, we are all international students. In this degree, Communications and Media studies and especially in this subject of International Media and Communications, this is somewhat true; we are all learning and expanding our knowledge of the world.

Back to real international students; there are concerns for them when coming to study in Australia. A few of these include safety and security, exploitation in housing and employment, transport and concessions and visas and migration. (Week 3 Lecture Slide 17)

These are all issues that have stemmed from past issues for example, the 7-11 wage scandal. This scandal was one that international students were paid slave rates and threatened by their employers to not tell or they would get the students visas cancelled for working too many hours.

Another point that international students worry about is their safety, in the past there have been acts of racism, for example, in 2009-2010 there was a plummet in Indian students coming to Australia due to racial attacks (lecture slide 14, week 3) and even up until 2014, there were still issues of safety coming to study in Australia.

Now, in 2017, this risk seems to have lowered, however, all of these above issues still play a role in if students decide to come and study in this country.

Where is Home?

If someone were to ask me where I am from, I can only say Australia. I was born and raised here, I’ve moved a few times but never far from where I was born. This is not the case for everyone; globalisation has meant that people are often living in states or countries that they were not born or raised in. They have even been moving from country to country making their definition of ‘home’ vary between each individual. But what is globalisation? Globalisation refers to the way in which our world comes together or intertwines. It is usually culturally but is also how our global network is spread and the way in which every aspect of our globe can somehow connect. It has both positives and negatives.

“Cultural flows refer to multidirectional movements and reallocations of human beings, artifacts, and ideas within the ill-defined sphere of “culture” in its global, national, and regional dimensions.” According to Dale Southerton.

The five dimensions of cultural flows are:

  • Ethnoscapes
  • Mediascapes
  • Thechnoscapes
  • Financescapes
  • Ideoscapes

However, I am only going to discuss one of these; Ethnoscapes. Ethnoscapes is the relocation of people across borders or cultures.

Back to where home is, Pico Iyer  describes it as a work in progress. In my opinion, he is correct. At times, one may not feel at home where they are meant to. Through recent events such as the Charlottesville white supremacist rally, how is an individual meant to feel at home when people are rallying for them to leave? Through globalisation and ethnoscapes, it is almost impossible to go anywhere in the world without seeing many different cultures in one place. The migration of people from one culture to another is inevitable, the cross over of different races being born into different countries is these days a common occurrence, so where do these people call home?

I used to know a lady; her parents were born and raised in China but she was born and raised in Australia. She had only an Australian accent and until she was 18 had not been to visit the country her parents came from. She calls Australia the place she lives but here, she is subject to racism. Her version of home, however, is not the Australian culture but the Chinese one that she grew up with. Through ethnoscapes and globalisation, her version of home changed, she realised that home is the Chinese traditions and values that she grew up with, not the Australian ones.

“Home in the end is of course not just the place where you sleep, it’s the place where you stand.” Pico Iyer.

Here we go…

Wooh! First blog post on wordpress!

As you can see from my URL, it will not come as a surprise to know that I am Lizzie. I am a student at the University of Wollongong, studying a Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies.

(Is this where I insert a meme?)

I’m 20 years old (and surprisingly not the oldest in the class) from a small sheltered town in the middle of nowhere. I’m sure you’ll hear more about that later.

It’s hard to say why you may be looking at my blog, are you another student, or are you my tutor marking my posts (can I please have a HD)? Either way, I hope my blog will give you some insight into what I am studying and its relevance in the world and our future.

For now though, I will just try to learn how to use this website. (I wish I was joking)

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